Nails

DIY Cuticle Oil

Hello, folks! Here’s another body care DIY – cuticle oil!
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After spending a couple of decades (how old that makes me sound!) shying away from nail colour, I finally embraced nail polish last year… and how! For almost a year now, I have been doing my nails about once a week. Since creative expression is the point, I usually indulge in some kind of nail art, piling on layer after layer of polish to create the final look (jelly sandwiches being my absolute favourite!). However, this new passion of mine often leaves my cuticles looking dry and ragged, and my nails brittle and weak. Enter, my strengthening DIY cuticle oil!

As any nail professional will tell you, healthy nails begin with healthy cuticles. Our cuticles tend to dry out due to a variety of causes – cold weather, effects of soap (not that you shouldn’t wash your hands!) and as part of the aging process. This DIY recipe has an almond oil base and three common essential oils (EOs) that promote nail health – lavender, lemon and rosemary – that work together to counter these effects and restore moisture to the nails and cuticles (not to forget, they smell great together!).

{Disclaimer: I have linked to several products by Now Foods below. I just happen to use these products, and have no affiliation to them, nor have I been asked to mention these}

Benefits of each ingredient

I use almond oil as the base in this recipe because it is great for the nails and cuticles due to a high content of monosaturated fats that are easily absorbed into the skin, thereby helping to retain moisure. You can easily substitute this with some other oil – jojoba and apricot kernel oil are also very popular in cuticle oils. Almond oil is rich in Vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant, which prevents splitting and breakage of nails, counters aging effects on skin and improves blood circulation. Finally, this oil also contains significant amounts of B-vitamins, iron and zinc, which strengthen nails and improve nail health.
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The next ingredient, lavender EO, is one of the most versatile oils known (according to Valerie Ann Worwood, author of “The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy”, if you were to own a single EO, it should be lavender). Lavender EO strengthens and moisturizes nails, as well as the cuticles, has anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory properties, and promotes blood circulation. An added benefit is that it is a calming and balancing oil. The benefits of rosemary EO align closely with those of lavender, promoting nail and cuticle health in much the same ways. Lemon EO brightens dull and yellowing nails, is an anti-oxidant and natural disinfectant, and improves mood. Its high vitamin C content strengthens nails and nourishes the cuticles. Other oils that are great for nails include frankincense, myrrh and geranium.

So here it is!

DIY Cuticle Oil Recipe

You will need:

  • Almond oil – 2 tbsp (about 1 fl oz or 30 ml)
  • Lavender EO – 6 drops
  • Rosmary EO – 3 drops
  • Lemon EO – 3 drops
  • An old nail polish bottle, cleaned out with acetone and washed with soap & water OR container of your choice

Mix all ingredients together. I find it easiest to pour half the amount of almond oil into the bottle, add in the EOs, mix and then pour in the remaining almond oil.

Apply the oil to nails, cuticles and surrounding skin twice daily and massage lightly for a few seconds. I usually also swipe a little on the tips of my fingers, under the length of the nail. Rub the tips of fingers together to remove excess oil and/or rub onto your hands. If your hands are as dry as mine, you will notice an instant plumping of the skin around your nails.

The picture on the top left shows the state of my cuticles about a week or so before I started using this oil. The top right picture is to show you where I apply the oil. The bottom picture is the result of using this everyday for a week.
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Enjoy the recipe & have a great week, folks! Until the next post, goodbye!

 

 

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6 thoughts on “DIY Cuticle Oil

  1. This is an awesome idea and I appreciate all the information on all the ingredients. Iam definitely trying this out!

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  2. Hey, thanks for a great DIY idea. My nails could do with some help. Do you know if any of these oils also promote faster nail growth? Also, I am guessing this mixture can be applied to the hands as well, right?

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    1. Hi, Anamika! Glad you like this recipe. Lavender & rosemary boost blood circulation to the nail bed, which promotes growth. As you know, the nail itself is made up of dead cells but with improved blood flow, new cells grow under the nail bed/cuticle & push the nail up, so your nail grows. Almond oil also promotes nail growth because it contains proteins, which form the basic structure of the nail.

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